Issues in Judaism Lecture Series: Exploring Cuba: Its Once and Future Jews

Three visits by Andrée Brooks to Cuba in recent years, plus additional research that has been built upon her scholarly research concerning the Conversos of Central and South America, find a community in flux. (Conversos were Jews who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism late in 15th century Spain, but often kept their Jewish heritage alive in secret.) Later migrations brought Jews from the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe. In recent months, the relaxation of restrictions, both by the Americans and the Cubans themselves, has resulted in more and more of Cuba’s Jews, and descendants of Jews, coming forward to reclaim their Jewish heritage and receive delegations from Jewish groups from the United States. This lecture explores the challenges and opportunities
these changes are now raising, including some historical background that focuses on the earliest Converso/Jewish arrivals from Spain -- and how and why they went there.

Speaker: Andrée Aelion Brooks
Associate Fellow, Yale University
Former contributing columnist, The New York Times; author, The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Doña Gracia Nasi (A Jewish Leader During the Renaissance); journalist and lecturer, Westport, CT

Funding for these lectures has been provided by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Date: Wednesday, April 26

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Tickets: $8 general public; $7 senior citizen (over 65 with ID) or matriculated non-Hofstra student; Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office).

For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

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For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017





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